As reported in the Courier-Journal, after nearly 18 months filled with meetings, sending out surveys and pouring over data, a group of arts, philanthropic and business leaders has unveiled what they are calling Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 – a long-term plan for the role arts, culture and creativity can play in a strong future.
Steering committee members (photographed above) include Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts president Kim Baker and Fund for the Arts CEO Christen Boone, along with Susan Barry Community Foundation of Louisville, Dior Cotten, Humana, Roger Cude, Humana, Wendy Dant Chesser, One Southern Indiana Chamber & Economic Development, @Theo Edmonds, IDEASxLab, Kevin Fields Louisville Central Community Centers, Inc, Brian Fitzgerald, Brown-Forman, Gill Holland, The Group Entertainment, Stephanie Horne, Jefferson County Public Schools Mo McKnight Howe, Revelry Boutique Gallery, Alison Huff Arts & Culture Alliance, Commonwealth Theatre Center, Gwendolyn Kelly, Artist, Kimberly Kempf-Leonard University of Louisville, Andrew Kipe, The Louisville Orchestra, Todd Lowe, Parthenon LLC, Luanne Mattson, Southern Indiana Convention Bureau, Joyce Ogden, Spalding University, Kent Oyler, Greater Louisville Inc.- The Metro Chamber of Commerce, Chris Radtke Artist, Sadiqa Reynolds, Louisville Urban League, Inc., Alice G. Stites, 21c Museum Hotels, Nicole Twigg, Go To Louisville, Donald G. Wenzel, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Louisville Metro Government, Karen Williams-Goetz Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Suzanne Wright Jefferson County Public Schools. Photo by John Nation.
The plan was financed through a grant $60,000 from JP Morgan Chase, and other contributors including Owsley Brown III, the Humana Foundation, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Louisville Downtown Partnership, the Austin & Jane Musselman Foundation and Jim and Marianne Welch to cover its $200,000 budget.
The plan’s organizers worked with New York-based consulting firm Lord Cultural Resources to get input from nearly 5,000 people from throughout the Louisville area, including Indiana. The effort was launched early last year as The Greater Louisville Master Plan for the Arts. Using all the data collected, Lord and the committee organized arts and cultural activities under the plan into five priority areas – access; cultivation; education; equity, diversity and inclusion; and promotion.
Under the five priority areas, the plan's organizers have already identified 56 specific actions to complete by 2020. Several unveiled Monday cover artist residencies, education and tourism projects. The next step is creation of a three year action plan to bring those projects to fruition.